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Definition of Petroleum


  1. Rock oil, mineral oil, or natural oil, a dark brown or greenish inflammable liquid, which, at certain points, exists in the upper strata of the earth, from whence it is pumped, or forced by pressure of the gas attending it. It consists of a complex mixture of various hydrocarbons, largely of the methane series, but may vary much in appearance, composition, and properties. It is refined by distillation, and the products include kerosene, benzine, gasoline, paraffin, etc.
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Petroleum Translations

petroleum in Danish is petroleum
petroleum in Dutch is olie, petroleum
petroleum in Italian is petrolio
petroleum in Norwegian is parafin
petroleum in Swedish is bensin